Rotary Park

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This park was part of Area 4 {which extended to Hannans Road), a little used part of a large hospital complex built by the Australian Government for the United States Army during World War II. The main area was on the opposite side of Belmore Road around Roosevelt Avenue, used by the US Army's 118 General Hospital and later by a Royal Naval Hospital. After the war the hospital buildings were used by the Housing Commission for emergency housing.

The land became a waste area and the Rotary Club of Riverwood acquired the land from the State Planning Authority in 1971 with the intention of establishing a park. The Rotary Club members cleared the land of rubbish and car bodies, and fenced it. Canterbury Council provided assistance.

Rotary set up a nursery to grow trees for the park. As well as planting in the park, the club planted many trees in surrounding streets. The club raised funds to run the nursery, for fencing and to build an amenities block and a BMX track (which is no longer in use). They held trade fairs to raise money, which have been revived as the annual Riverwood festival. Their countless hours of voluntary labour established an attractive park, with playground equipment, bus shelter, gazebo, barbeques and the TAFE train.

Rotary Park was given to the community via Canterbury Council in 1976.